01/14/09 — History of rural medicine focus of Saturday program

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History of rural medicine focus of Saturday program

By Staff Reports
Published in News on January 14, 2009 1:46 PM

Members of the Old Dobbs Genealogical Society invites the public to join them on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wayne County Public Library to learn more about the history of the practice of medicine in rural North Carolina.

Jennie Schindler Graham of the Country Doctor Museum will be the speaker. There is no admission charge.

The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care. It was created in 1967 to build a lasting memorial for rural physicians.

Over the decades, the museum's collection grew to more than 5,000 medical artifacts and many volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation. The interpretive range also expanded from rural doctors to include topics such as nursing, pharmaceuticals, and home remedies.

The museum was donated to the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University and is managed today as part of the History Collections of Laupus Library.